(Lafayette, Louisiana) Tributes and condolences are pouring in from around the state of Louisiana and beyond for the CEO and Chairman of Acadian Ambulance, Richard Zuschlag who passed away at the age of 76.

Zuschlag, who had been battling cancer, was part of the three-man group that put together Acadian Ambulance Service along with Richard Sturlise and Roland Dugas.

According to a statement from Acadian Ambulance as soon as service information for Zuschlag is available they will make it available to the public.

Tributes and condolences for Zuschlag are pouring in. U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy says Zuschlag practiced selflessness.

The family of George Rodrigue shared their kindness to Zuschlag on the Art of George Rodrique Facebook page today.

The author speaks of Zuschlag being the subject of a painting by George Rodrigue. In the post, the write the following:

Today, as we reflect on his life and legacy, we are reminded of the profound impact one individual can have on a community. 

You can see more of what they shared in writing and the portrait of Zuschlag by clicking here.

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Louisiana Governor Jeff Landry says that Richard Zuschlag was a caring person who touched so many lives:

Louisiana Congresswoman Julia Letlow says Zuschlag was a man who wanted the best for every patient:

Former Governor John Bel Edwards says his family is heartbreaking on hearing the news that Zuschlag had passed away:

CBS News contributor David Benaud posted the following:

I, and my hometown of Lafayette, Louisiana, am mourning the loss of a soaring figure whose humanity & ingenuity brought about the largest privately owned ambulance company in the United States, Acadian Ambulance.

Begnaud continued his praise for Zuschlag:

Lafayette Mayor-President Monique Boulet issued the following statement:

We are deeply saddened by the loss of Richard Zuschlag, a prominent and beloved member of our community. As the founder of Acadian Ambulance Service, his vision and dedication transformed emergency medical services in Lafayette and beyond. His contributions have saved countless lives, and his legacy will forever be remembered.

Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family, friends, and all who were touched by his remarkable life. Lafayette has lost a true pioneer and a compassionate leader.

“Richard lived a life full of passion for his family, his company and his community. He brought a great love to all of us touched by his life,” said Mayor-President Monique B. Boulet. “As Mayor President, I am grateful for his support and guidance. I am also grateful for the decades of friendship and love he shared with my family. His legacy is built into the foundation of our community and how we care for each other.”

To honor Richard, city flags will be flown at half-staff at all Lafayette Consolidated Government buildings.

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